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In the US, Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) is poised to kick off its water meter reading upgrading project.

From September 2014, the BaltiMeter Project will see 10,000 Itron water meters installed around several neighbourhoods of the city, as part of a wider rollout of 203,000 Itron meters by April 2016 and 204,000 in the county by April 2017.

Commenting on the need for the upgrade, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said: “We’ve been making do with old equipment and old systems that do not offer the efficiency or reliability that the people and businesses of Baltimore expect. “BaltiMeter, which is more efficient, reliable and accurate, will help change that.”

Baltimore City DPW and Baltimore County’s objectives of the metering overhaul are to improve meter reading and billing accuracy, eliminate estimated bills, reduce water loss and enhance operational efficiencies and customer service.

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In the neighbouring state of Maryland, Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) is installing water meter technology from Sensus to its 83,000 customers, reports public sector website GCN.

The city expects to install the majority of them – approximately 78,000 water meter readers –  to homes and businesses by September. Customers will be able to access their usage data via the web and receive alerts about their usage.

“This money-saving upgrade will benefit our utility and our customers,” said Melissa Rubin, Public Information Officer at PWSA, in a recent statement. “We expect to save approximately $120,000 per year, allowing us to maintain affordable rates.”